Application of the EcoServ-GIS tool in the ARC Project Area

Project description: 

Ecosystem Service maps of the Arun and Western Streams Catchment were created using the EcoServ-GIS tool developed by Durham Wildlife Trust. These maps were used to target the local enhancement of ecosystem services, enabling planners and other stakeholders in the catchment to take environmental services into account in their short and long-term landscape and urban planning. The EcoServ-GIS model can be used to identify where changes in land management could help to provide more of the required natural services, and to predict where they may be needed in the future.

Organisations involved: 

Arun and Rother Connections (ARC); Sussex Wildlife Trust; support from Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre; funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Scale of project: 
Arun and Western Streams Catchment
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Map health impacts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

CICES, Modified version

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Education
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

Accessible nature (cultural); Green travel

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Contact name: 
Gareth Williams
Contact job title: 
Arun & Western Streams Catchment Co-ordinator
Arun and Rother Connections
07766 133660